recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances
"a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"
Rare and scattered in occurrence.
Exhibiting random behavior; patternless.
occuring singly, or apart from other things of the same kind, or in scattered instances; separate; single; as, a sporadic fireball; a sporadic case of disease; a sporadic example of a flower
Origin: [Gr. scattered, fr. , , scattered, fr. to sow seed, to scatter like seed: cf. F. sporadique. See Spore.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
-al, spō-rad′ik, -al, adj. scattered—a term specially applied to any disease usually epidemic or contagious, when it attacks only a few persons in a district and does not spread in its ordinary manner.—adv. Sporad′ically.—n. Sporad′icalness. [Gr. sporadikos—sporas, sporados, scattered—speirein, to sow.]
The numerical value of sporadic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of sporadic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There are sporadic shootings in some areas.
What has been a problem is the regularity of supply, the (government) approvals are sporadic.
I'm not saying there won't be some sporadic violence, but simply we no longer have the conditions of 1968. During each crisis, people have sabre-rattling and said we will fall back into the past, I have never seen any evidence of that.
We were about one km from the main gate of Es Sider oil port but we had to withdraw about two kilometres after Haftar's warplanes carried out air strikes which killed two of our members and wounded three, the clashes are sporadic at the moment and we are waiting for supplies from the general chief of staff.
We were about one km from the main gate of Es Sider oil port but we had to withdraw about two kilometers after Haftar's warplanes carried out air strikes which killed two of our members and wounded three, the clashes are sporadic at the moment and we are waiting for supplies from the general chief of staff.
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- esporàdicCatalan, Valencian
- sporadický, ojedinělýCzech
- satunnainen, sporadinen, harvinainen, hajanainenFinnish
- случайный, единичный, спорадическийRussian
- sporadičan, спорадичанSerbo-Croatian
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